Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) is joining the fight for equality for the LGBTQ community.
Maloney filed an amicus brief in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights where a bakery refused to make a cake for a gay marriage. Maloney was joined on the brief by 35 Senators and 174 House members.
“We wouldn’t let a hotel owner refuse a room to a person because of their race or allow a restaurant to deny service to a couple based on their religion," Maloney said. We can’t let that same kind of discrimination apply to Americans based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that the shop could not lawfully deny services to individuals based on their sexual orientation under the Colorado anti-Discrimination Act and required the shop to provide staff training and issue reports on steps taken to come into compliance with the ruling.
Masterpiece Cakeshop appealed the ruling, which was eventually upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court. The shop appealed the decision, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 5.
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